Welcome to Quilt For Lovers! Who doesn’t love those sewing projects that use pre-cut fabrics?! We often have a handful of leftovers that we don’t know what to do… that’s why this easy basket that you can sew with 10 ‘cake squares is perfect, being a quick and easy to sew fabric basket, which also it is reversible (so that the coating and the exterior can change at any time).
If you are new to sewing, don’t worry this is the perfect place to start! You just need to sew simple straight threads and the materials for these baskets are cheap and easy to find. These soft boxes are great for keeping your sewing table organized, for gifting or even selling.
It was used and you can use 10 ‘squares of fabric from a layer of cake. If you have an entire layer of fabric to use (which is a 40-42 10-inch square pack), you can make 10 baskets out of it. Plus, you’ll love how the inner and outer corners are joined together so there is no loose lining! So let’s sew!
To make 1 basket, you will need:
- 4 squares of fabric 10’’ x 10’’
- 1/3 yard of medium weight fusible interfacing (Use HeatnBond Fusible Fleece)
- coordinating thread
- cut 2 squares of fusible fleece or other fusible interfacing 10’’ x 10’’
1. Pair your fabrics together so that 2 fabrics will be the inside of the basket and 2 will be the exterior (just for now since the basket will be reversible).
Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of 1 pair of fabrics (it doesn’t matter which ones).
Place that pair of fabrics right sides together.
Tip: If your fabric is directional, make sure that the fabric square is right side up.
2. Cut 2 1/2’’ squares from the bottom corners of the fabrics.
3. Place the other set of fabrics right sides together and cut 2 1/2’’ squares from the bottom corners of those two fabric squares also.
Tip: those 2 1/2’’ squares are the same size as another pre-cut fabric – Mini Charms! It’s okay to peel the interfacing off the back (if needed) and use these mini charms for another project.
4. Press the top edge of all four basket pieces to the wrong side by 1/2’’.
Use a 1/4’’ seam allowance.
1. Place each pair of fabrics right sides together again. Pin.
2. Open the top folds and sew across the side and bottom edges only of each pair (do not sew around the cut out corners).
Press the seams open. Re-press the folded edge at the top of each basket piece, if needed.
3. To make the bottom corners, flatten one side of the basket against the bottom with the seams lined up. Pin.
Sew across the corner seam.
Repeat to make both basket pieces.
Tip: this next step will ensure that your basket lining and basket exterior are stuck together so you don’t get a baggy bottom!
4. Place the bottoms of each piece together with the corner seams and the bottom seams lined up.
Clip or pin the corner seams together on each side (separately).
5. Sew the lining corner and the exterior corner together by sewing right all the way across the corner seam on top of the previous stitching.
Repeat on the other side of the basket so that the lining is attached to the basket exterior along both bottom corner seams..
6. Pull the lining up and around the exterior of the basket. Line up and clip (or pin) the top edges together, matching the side seams.
7. Sew around the top edge of the basket, 1/8’’-1/4’’ from the top edge.
If your sewing machine has a free arm, you can use it to help you sew around the outside top edge.
OR if you prefer not to use a free arm, you may sew around the inside top edge of the basket instead.
See too: Morning Star Block